“Supreme Conflict” is one of the best books I’ve read on the subject of the Supreme Court. The author treated different viewpoints and Constitutional understandings equitably, rather than betraying a bias either way, which I appreciated. I learned a lot about how the selection and nomination process has changed since Reagan, and how complex the politics and strategies are. It was also interesting to read an analysis of why certain nominees have failed at different times, and what, if anything, might have salvaged the nominations. As she explained the nomination battles, Greenburg also provided a great deal of insight into the inner workings of the Court itself, and how the justices related to each other personally and professionally. Aside from the fascinating subject matter, I found that Greenburg’s engaging writing style and ability to keep up the pace of the narrative made “Supreme Conflict” and enjoyable and worthwhile read. I highly recommend it.
After a tip from Amy, I checked out “Twice Blessed,” a book about how to prepare your family for the arrival of a second child. I found some parts of the book to be high in the “well, duh” factor, and some parts to be annoying, like the section in which readers are assured that practically everyone has less morning sickness the second time around (I guess I know a disproportionate number of the very very few who have more – is it contagious or what?). Overall though, the book raised some interesting points and gave me some things to think about. For example, the book asserts that after having a second baby, couples go through the hardest time of their marriages. I thought that was good to prepare for (not freak out over), and I alerted Josh. He said, “great!” 🙂 What do you experienced moms think? Was the aftermath of baby 2 the hardest year of your marriage? Harder than with baby 3 or 4 or more?
2 Samuel, Colossians
1 Kings, Psalms, Matthew, 1 Thessalonians
“Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
“Franny and Zooey” by J.D. Salinger
“By the Banks of Plum Creek” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (to Hannah)
“Training Hearts, Teaching Minds” by Starr Meade (as a family)